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by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3561

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

But what are you proposing? Are you proposing that because someone lost a limb in an accident in a previous life, they’re born deformed in this life?? I'm not proposing that myself - simply commenting on Stevenson's cases where he documents such things. The article from which I quoted is this Scien...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3561

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

it’s well known (and I’ve seen it with young children and adults suffering from dementia) that people will create stories (memories) to explain what they can’t remember or otherwise explain. It’s self-comforting behavior. Do you think Ian Stevenson wasn’t aware of this? He created a lot of protocol...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3561

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

As far as the 'immaterial nature of mind' is concerned - one way to think about that, is that 'judgement' is not something that can be explained in terms of neuroscience and so on. It is a very elusive faculty. Actually this Sanskrit word is relevant (even though I suspect it is more frequently asso...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3561

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

I've noticed that book, and it's on my 'must-read' list. Also just re-read an earlier comment DNA seems to be a pretty good explanation of why we are who we are. There are many - very many - human attributes and characteristics which I don't think are attributable to causes that can be understood pu...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3561

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Rebirth and karma have nothing to do with morality... Generally agree with your post, but I find that a pretty odd statement. Look at the first two verses of the Dharmapada. What we do, determines what we become. Selfless actions lead to happiness, as the wheel of the cart follows the ox. And so on...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

My reading is that it is unwise to speculate about the nature of after-death states. On one level I’m agnostic about it, but agnosticism also means accepting that it’s something I don’t understand. I think when we try and visualise or imagine what such states must consist of we will invariably fail,...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3561

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Maybe I'm missing something, but there is nothing about the nature of my mind that I've observed that would necessitate rebirth is part of the equation. This observation actually seems to find confirmation in the assertion as to the non-arising of phenomena - whatever I think is me I've observed is...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

One thing that ought to be spelled out is that Hindus didn’t use the term ‘soul’. That is word of Greek origin which has been used to translate the Hindu ātman. But the literal meaning of ātman is ‘I am’, and it has many different connotations to the Greek word ‘soul’ which developed in an entirely ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

What part of the second passage suggests something soul-like? The part that says 'a being is said to exist as a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas'. That seems a pretty fair facsimile for 'the soul'. If you look at the book that Aemilius quoted from , it says 'the majority of the ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

I can’t see a meaningful distinction.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

I haven’t seen any passage which suggests “ the notion of a spirit being that transmigrates from life to life ” hence why I asked. From this post: During the period between death and the next birth, a being is said to exist as a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas (aggregates). It ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

Bristollad wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:47 am
Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:41 am
But I do agree that the notion of a spirit being that transmigrates from life to life does seem to contradict some basic Buddhist principles.
It would, but why do you think that the bardo teachings suggest that?
We’re discussing a passage upthread which says that.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

Is it on these texts that we are to understand that there is “a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas (aggregates)” existing between death and rebirth? Now you put it like that I do understand your disquiet. I think the idea of a ‘spirit-being composed of subtle types’ is pretty ques...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

Madhyamika in essence held that all phenomena are mere appearance. Indeed, the word 'phenomena' actually means 'what appears'. I think you're heading in the right direction, but the difficulty is there are very many subtleties involved in the way the word 'exist' is used in this context. As you kno...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 6169

Re: What is reborn after death?

Whether or not that idea is present in the nikayas, the book which Aemilius referred to is available almost in entirety in Google Books, and the specific page referred to can be found here . It seems a sound scholarly work. From a very quick perusal, what is being presented is the traditional Buddhi...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Crackdown on religion in China
Replies: 57
Views: 2575

Re: Crackdown on religion in China

The original point of this thread was to publicise the terrible plight of persecuted minorities in the PRC. The arguments about ‘who is behind it all’ are unprovable. Let’s stick to the topic
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Crackdown on religion in China
Replies: 57
Views: 2575

Re: Crackdown on religion in China

A feature article on Chinese 're-education camps', in today's Sydney Morning Herald. (Apologies if it's geo-blocked but I don't think SMH articles usually are.)
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 968

Re: Advantage and diadvantage of ego and egolessness

I’m sure ‘ego-less-ness’ has absolutely no advantages whatever. If you’re trying to get an advantage then ego is definitely the way to go.

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